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Julia Louis-Dreyfus: 'I Don't Think I've Made It ... And I Like That'

2 hours 41 min ago

Nominated for a ninth Emmy Award in acting, the star of Veep and Seinfeld talks about getting her first laugh, her rocky start at Saturday Night Live and the #MeToo movement.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Easy Rider' Peter Fonda

5 hours 15 min ago

The Oscar-nominated actor and screenwriter, who died Aug. 16, spoke to Terry Gross in 1998 about Ulee's Gold, Easy Rider and his acting philosophy of "doing less — and making more of it."

440 Years Old And Filled With Footprints, These Aren't Your Everyday Maps

7 hours 4 min ago

In 1577, King Philip II of Spain wanted to know who he was ruling and where in his vast kingdom they were. So his viceroy asked the indigenous groups in what is now Mexico to draw some maps for him.

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Work Cultures Clash When A Chinese Company Reopens An 'American Factory'

7 hours 16 min ago

A new film chronicles what happens when a Chinese billionaire reopens a former General Motors plant in Ohio. John Powers says it's an old-school observational documentary in the very best sense.

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Characters Shine In Powerful, Dreamy 'The World Doesn't Require You'

9 hours 4 min ago

Rion Amilcar Scott's second story collection returns readers to his fictional town of Cross River, Md., site of America's only successful slave uprising, and God is one of the best-known residents.

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'Going Dutch' Is A Charming, Well-Observed Debut

12 hours 4 min ago

James Gregor's novel about a gay man who falls into an intense relationship with a woman mixes old-fashioned style and contemporary setting. His observations on human nature are precisely rendered.

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'90s Kids, Rejoice: 'Invader Zim,' A Cult-Classic Nicktoon, Returns

14 hours 3 min ago

Eighteen years after the short-lived series premiered, Invader Zim is back with a one-off special that lacks the edge of the show's best episodes, but recalls what made it so fun.

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'Give Me Liberty': A Brilliant, Transporting Film About A Medical Driver's Busy Day

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 4:00pm

A young Russian-American (Chris Galust) drives a beat-up medical transport van full of demanding, quirky passengers through Milwaukee's backstreets in this funny, authentic film.

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'Vita & Virginia': Get A Room (Of Your Own), You Two

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 4:00pm

The film, based on Eileen Atkins' play about the correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Virginia Sackville-West, is a standard British period drama that tries, and fails, to be something more.

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A Fun But Familiar Story Of Making Yourself Over In 'Brittany Runs A Marathon'

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 4:00pm

Jillian Bell and the supporting cast are charming in this underdog story about a young woman who goes from hating exercise to running a marathon. But don't expect too much that's new.

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A Perfect Summer Book, 'Late Migrations' Reminds Us Of Life's Beauty And Fragility

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 11:19am

Margaret Renkl's vivid and original essays capture the cycle of life in a new book that will make you want to stay put, reread and savor everything about the moment.

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'The Trojan War Museum' Is A Gorgeous Gallery Of Dreams

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 9:00am

Ayşe Papatya Bucak's debut collection is full of musical, lyrical stories that occupy a dreamscape of Turkish culture, art history and surprise encounters between humans, ghosts and djinns.

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'Into The Planet' Captures Cave Diving's Mortal Risks — And All lts Glory

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 5:01am

Jill Heinerth's memoir leads with her thoughts as she wonders if she will die underwater, setting the tone for an honest and engaging book about life as one of the world's top cave divers.

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'Brittany Runs A Marathon' Is Formulaic, But Victorious At The Finish Line

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 12:22pm

The underdog comedy, which centers on a hard-partying woman who signs up for the New York City Marathon, proves that even a predictable plot can be hard to resist if it's well executed.

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Stephen Root On 'Barry,' 'Office Space' And Why 'Less Is More' In Acting

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 12:22pm

After appearing in nearly 800 TV episodes and 100 films, the noted character actor received his first Emmy nomination for his role as a handler to a hitman in the HBO series Barry.

In The Brisk Horror-Comedy 'Ready Or Not,' Bluebloods Are Out For Blood

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 11:01am

The film, about a wealthy clan who play a deadly game of hide-and-seek with a young woman (the fantastic Samara Weaving) marrying into the family, is fast, fun and not for the squeamish.

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'Floating Coast' Reads Like A Eulogy To The Natural World — With A Sliver Of Hope

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 8:01am

The triumph of this book is how Bathsheba Demuth pulls seemingly disparate threads together into a net of actions and consequences from which the whales, the Yupik, and our children can't escape.

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'The Outlaw Ocean': A Forgotten Frontier Where Slavery And Illegal Activities Abound

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 6:01am

Ian Urbina combines stellar investigative reporting skills and straightforward writing to convey what lies on the other side of the ocean — opposite cruise-ship vacations to beautiful beaches.

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'This Way Up' Deserves A Spot On Your Crowded Viewing List

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:00pm

It can be hard not to miss lower-profile streaming shows. But This Way Up, a comedy created by Irish actress Aisling Bea and streaming on Hulu, has a sweet and funny story to tell.

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'A Good Provider' Argues Migration Can Be Salvation

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 4:09pm

Jason DeParle's new book follows one Filipino family for over 30 years. He had originally intended to research slum life — but discovered that migration was what lifted the family out of the slum.

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